Thriller movies are something which never goes out of fashion. This genre of filmmaking always excites both the director and the spectators since ages. The first English thriller film according to the history of Hollywood is The Bat which was released in the year 1926. Alfred Hitchcock was known as the father of thriller movies as he mastered the genre. The mystery, suspense, action, and excitements enhance the adrenalin rush in the blood. Here is the list of top 10 Hollywood thriller of all time on the basis of fan’s responses, online popularity and awards & success received.
1. Shutter Island (2010)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo
Director: Martin Scorsese
This American psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorsese is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. Leonardo Dicaprio did a commendable job portraying the role of U.S Marshal Edward Teddy Daniels. He along with his assistant officer Chuck Aule was investigating for a missing patient from the psychiatrist facility in Shutter Island. The unexpected storyline of the movie is based on who did it format. The total box office collection of the movie was $294 million worldwide.
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn and Ted Levine
Director: Jonathan Demme
One of the cult movies on serial killing, The Silence of the Lamb is known for its storyline and intense acting. Jodie Foster portrayed the character of Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee and Anthony Hopkins sketched the role of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector brilliantly. The movie grossed $272.7 million worldwide.
3. Black Swan (2010)
Cast: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
This path-breaking thriller movie has no action or suspense but the psychological mystery of the human mind. The story revolves around the Swan Lake Ballet production by New York City Ballet Company. The storyline regarding psychological conflicts between a committed dancer and a new arrival reflect in their personal life too. The thin line between real and reel fades soon in the movie. The total collection of the movie was $329 million all over the world.
4. Se7en (1995)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, and Kevin Spacey
Director: David Fincher
It is another drama on serial killing where two detectives hunt for the killer who uses 7 sins of the human race as the motive of the murder. Brad Pitt played the character of David Mills a rookie whereas Morgan Freeman was William Somerset, a veteran and soon to be retired detective. The movie involves both who did it and how did it the concept of story-telling. The worldwide collection of the movie was $327 million.
5. Psycho (1960)
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam
Direction: Alfred Hitchcock
This movie is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. This is the cult movie of Alfred Hitchcock, the king of the psychological thriller. The story of the movie revolves around a money-stealing by a beautiful secretary Marion Crane who took shelter in a motel and the disturbed manager of motel Norman Bates. This movie won four academy awards including best director category. This is a path-breaking movie on the slasher genre.
6. Gone Girl (2014)
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Director: David Fincher
The exceptional storyline of the movie starts with the mysterious disappearance of Amy (Pike), the beautiful wife of writing teacher Nick Dunne (Affleck). Pike who delivered an excellent performance in the movie received nominations for Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. The total collection of the movie was $369 million all over the country.
7. No Country For Old Men (2007)
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
The movie is considered as the best among the Coen Brothers’ directorial ventures. This mouse and cat chase format made this movie utterly chilling. This movie won 4 academy awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Bardem) and Best Adapted Screenplay. This movie was also the biggest box office hit of Coen Brothers grossing $170 million until the release of True Grit.
8. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Cast: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams and Haley Joel Osment
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
This is the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a disturbed child and Malcome Crowe (Bruce Willis), a child psychologist and their ability to talk to dead. This movie established Shyamalan as the new era king of the supernatural thriller. The movie was nominated for six academy awards Best Picture, Best Director for Shyamalan, Best Supporting Actor for Osment, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Toni Collette. The movie had a record box office collection of $672 million.
9. The Departed (2006)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin
Director: Martin Scorsese
This Hollywood movie is actually a remake of Hong Kong movie Internal Affair. This cat and mouse chase game have an interesting twist of undercover mystery. The movie won any awards including four academy awards for Best picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The Departed grossed $289.8 million worldwide.
10. Prisoners (2013)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
Director: Denis Villeneuve
In the movie, two girls went missing in Pennsylvania and when the police were unable to find them, the father Keller Dover took the charge in his own hand. The movie was financial as well as critical success. It also got the nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The movie managed to collect $122 million worldwide.